Standard of Care
Doctors generally recommend the following treatments for the management of lactose intolerance:
- Dairy avoidance
- Lactase supplements
- Probiotics/dietary supplements
- Dairy substitutes/lactose free products
Despite educating their patients on all viable treatment options, physicians tend to advise their patients to refrain from consuming any dairy products whatsoever, which carries a number of health risks, largely due to an inadequate calcium intake.
In a 2008 survey conducted by Engage Health, 47% of lactose intolerance sufferers reported that dairy avoidance was not effective (largely due to hidden dairy products in ingredients), and only 30% of lactose intolerance sufferers reported lactose supplements as being effective in managing their lactose intolerance. Further, while probiotics/dietary supplements have been demonstrated to aid and support one’s digestive system, helping break down general foods consumed, they don’t directly help with lactose intolerance. Furthermore, according to a 2012 research analysis conducted by Objective Insights, 60% of patients continue to seek a better solution, which reinforces the notion of unsatisfactory treatment options. Research reports patients want to be able to consume a “normal diet” with dairy foods without worrying about symptoms.
- Objective Insights, “Market Research Analysis and Forecasts on Lactose Intolerance and RP-G28.” June, 2012.